With the countdown to the 2014 Commonwealth Games well under way, today we are announcing £1.1 million for communities across Scotland to host their own celebrations.
From school baton relays to sports taster sessions, and cricket tournaments to junior triathlons, the variety of projects is wide ranging and they all bring communities together and capture the spirit of the Games.
The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS) has been awarded a grant of £10,000 to organise a 24 hour ceilidh and encourage participation in Scottish Country Dancing across Scotland.
Elizabeth Foster, Executive Officer of RSCDS,said: “The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society and Get Scotland Dancing have created a 24-hour Ceilidh initiative for global participation. The Commonwealth People’s Ceilidh is for everyone: all abilities, all ages, all cultures. The Celebrate grant has been awarded to encourage people to take part from across Scotland and will be used to support RSCDS in organising as many Commonwealth Ceilidhs as possible throughout the country. Most Ceilidhs will begin at 1930 local time on Saturday 21 June. People can find out more and get involved at www.commonwealthceilidh.org.”
Variety is a children’s charity who will host an athletic event for children and young people attending special educational needs schools across Scotland, giving them the chance to be part of a large sports festival to celebrate the Games. Youth Beatz in Dumfries will challenge issues faced by Commonwealth young people, such as immigration and racism, and use drama to explore these topics. And the circus is coming to town, in Elgin, thanks to a grant for Bright Night International whose Commonwealth Youth Circus features young people from Scotland and the Commonwealth.
A full list of all today’s 158 Celebrate projects can be found here.